Parents' Guide to

The Black String

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Psychological horror has swearing, violence, sex, and gore.

Movie R 2019 93 minutes
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Although it has good intentions, this movie ends up being a convoluted and at-times confusing attempt to be a horror movie that tackles the stigma of mental illness. Not enough about Jonathan's belief in paranormal forces and his past troubles are set up during the first half of The Black String, resulting in a series of rushed reveals that still never really tell us much about the dark forces that Jonathan suspects are manipulating him.

Muniz gives a committed performance in the lead role, but it's never quite clear what Jonathan wants as he stumbles from one interaction to the next. That so few other characters feature prominently adds to movie's disjointed feel. The special effects are used sparingly and effectively, though, which does a good job in grounding a supernatural story in "reality."

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